USC in the News

USC In the News 4/22 to 4/24/2017

The New York Times published commentary by Jonathan Taplin of the USC Annenberg School previewing his new book, "Move Fast and Break Things: How Google, Facebook and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy." Taplin prescribed regulations to combat the consolidation of power and influence by the major technology companies. "Woodrow Wilson was right when he said in 1913, 'If monopoly persists, monopoly will always sit at the helm of the government.' We ignore his words at our peril," Taplin wrote. Salon also published a profile on Taplin and his book.

Los Angeles Times featured the opening ceremony for the Festival of Books, which included remarks by USC President C. L. Max Nikias. The story also quoted Joon-Ho Choi of the USC School of Architecture and noted the festival's wide appeal (additional story here). Los Angeles Times highlighted USC as the host of the 22nd annual Festival of Books and 37th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. The Times editor-in-chief included special thanks to Nikias and Tom Sayles, USC vice president of university relations, for the ongoing event partnership. Los Angeles Times noted political discussions at the festival and a nonpartisan speaker series led by USC professors. City News Service noted USC hosted the book festival and C-SPAN's "Book TV" broadcast interviews and panels from the Festival of Books.

Wired featured the USC Shoah Foundation and its work to preserve the first-hand accounts of Holocaust survivors in virtual reality. The mission is more urgent now because of the advanced age of the remaining survivors. "Knowledge is one thing, but connecting to history enables us to think about consequences in a deeper, more personal way," said USC Shoah Foundation executive director Stephen Smith. The foundation's 17-minute VR experience, "The Last Goodbye," featuring the testimony of 85-year-old Pinchas Gutter, debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. CNN also reported on the project.

Los Angeles Times quoted Ann Marie Yasin of the USC Dornsife College about a statue in Monterey Park at the center of a community debate about diversity representations.

KPCC-FM's "Take Two" interviewed Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about California Senator Dianne Feinstein's town halls, California politics and Congressman Darrell Issa.

Variety's "PopPolitics" podcast interviewed Mary Murphy of the USC Annenberg School on the likely effect Bill O'Reilly's firing will have on the media's workplace culture.

Forbes quoted Annalisa Enrile of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work about society's limited understanding of the full scope of human trafficking.

Dow Jones' Mansion Global quoted Matthew Kahn of the USC Dornsife College on how each household's energy use is unique.

Bloomberg noted research by Dana Goldman of the USC Schaeffer Center and Bryan Tysinger of the USC Price School that found richer Americans are living longer than poorer Americans and receive greater taxpayer-funded benefits.

The San Francisco Chronicle published an op-ed by Dan Schnur of the USC Annenberg School on why many California voters support tax-funded school vouchers.

Variety noted a study by Stacy Smith of the USC Annenberg School's Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative about the proportion of women and minority directors who produced the top films in the past decade.

The Fresno Bee mentioned Marek Zebrowski is the director of the Polish Music Center at the USC Thornton School.

Nautilus noted research by Antonio Damasio of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute on the value humans place on nostalgia.

Education Source noted research by the USC Dornsife College's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and the Center for American Progress on the number of children who have at least one undocumented family member.

Live Mint (India) mentioned research by Seungwoo Chin, Matthew Kahn and Hyungsik Roger Moon of the USC Dornsife College on how expanding train routes and access in South Korea affected the price rise rate of real estate.